The Hypocrisy Of Don Lemon

Don Lemon has managed to upset people across Black America for a second time right before the year’s end. While providing radio commentary Tuesday, CNN anchor Don Lemon clumsily came to the defense of NYPD’s controversial stop-and-frisk program, which he redubbed “stop-question-and-frisk.” While pondering if the program might exist under Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio, Lemon seemed to lament…

Jeh Johnson, Changing the Hue Of Hegemony

On October 18th I watched in awe as a progressive Democrat, the nephew of a Tuskegee airman and alumni of Morehouse – a traditionally Black university – addressed the nation. He was fellow Black man I remembered well, because he’d said something once that I would never forget. He said, “I believe that if Dr. King were alive today, he…

Blacks and Blues, Barneys and The New Slaves

This week, reports of discrimination by Barneys New York have showered the internet backed by calls for a boycott. A pending lawsuit against the store alleges that 19-year old Trayon Christian was racially profiled after buying a Salvatore Ferragamo belt. Upon exiting the store Trayon described being arrested by police, jailed, and interrogated about how he made…

Chris Brown, Jezebel, and Getting Rape Wrong

We’ve come a long way on certain issues relating to gender, sexuality, and assault. But some things take longer than others. We specifically still have trouble accepting that boys and men are sometimes the survivors of sexual assault. At best, we ignore the stories of men being sexually assaulted. At worst, we couch those experiences…

Hijacking the Civil Rights Legacy

I was fortunate enough to be born in Birmingham, Alabama. Although some people are ashamed to be from there, and think only about Confederate flags, bad health, and poverty, I think about the rich history of Black resistance and organizing that took place there. The civil rights movement marked a time when Black activists in…